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Breakin’ the Lawrie

You have your list of guys YOU have to have on your fantasy team.  This is TO’s list.  Getcha popcorn ready.

Brett Lawrie

Out of all the old and boring 3B in the top 10, this guy could have the 2nd biggest upside next to Longoria. Lawrie made a splash in 2011 at just 21 years old. In 150 ABs, he had 9 homers, 25 RBI and 7 SB. All of this following a wrist injury, which usually limits guys power production. Multiply that over 500 ABs and it projects out to roughly a 30 homer, 90 RBI, 25 steal season. Do I think he will get there? Probably not, but it’s nice to have a young 3B with the chance instead of all these old farts who couldn’t steal a base on a little league field. 

Dee Gordon

Dee Gordon is fast. Like seriously, the fastest SS listed. Faster than Reyes, faster than the guy behind him. He can fly. He also batted .304 a year ago which is pretty awesome. I’m thinking Juan Pierre-esque type stats from him. I really think in a full season he will steal 50 bases.

Brandon Belt

Belt is the victim of a bad hitters park. That, and the fact Bruce Bochy dicked him around a year ago. He should be handed the job and let him run with it. You trying to tell me guys like Aubrey Huff have more ability or upside. Go off yourself.

Yu Darvish

Tough to rank a guy who’s never pitched in America. All the Japanese stars have a ton of hype. I liken him a bit to Daisuke in year one. Probably his best in the bigs. Eventually teams will catch up. Yu is supposed to be the best of all. With so many saying BUST, I’ll take him cheap.

Adam Dunn

Uh yeah…ummm so uh yeah. Not really sure what to say. If he hit 40 homers, I’d say sure. If he hit’s 10, I’d say sure.  I’ll throw a dollar his way to see if it’s the former.

Madison Bumgarner

Love Madison Avenue. Only Roy Halladay had a better K/BB ratio in baseball. He’s young, pitches in a friendly park and faces the Padres and Dodgers a bunch. Will fall lower than this in drafts. He’s great value.

Adam Jones

Jones is flying up my draft board. I think his stats are trending towards a .300 avg, with 25 homers. I am wishfully thinking he can steal 15 bases. The O’s are improved and he is should be hitting his prime.

Brandon Phillips

Phillips is the forgotten man of fantasy baseball, I liken him to Matt Forte. 2nd round stats in a 4th round pick. At 30 years old, his 20 steal years are behind him, but he could push 15. Same with homers as his 30 homer season of 2007 was followed up with 21, 20, 18. I don’t like guys who are trending downward, but Phillips will give you .285, 15 homers, 90 runs, 85 RBI, and 15 steals. He’s a guy who won’t hurt you in any category.

Brandon Beachy

Beachy is the hot name flying around in fantasy circles right now. He could really go either way. If his K-rate stays where it’s at and he pitches 175 innings, he’s a top 15 guy. If he comes back to Earth, he could be around 40. I picked a spot in the middle. There is nothing about his stuff that says elite, but then again, neither did Greg Maddux’s.

Michael Cuddyer

This perhaps to me one of the most overlooked moves in all of baseball in terms of fantasy this season. The guy is eligible at 1B, 2B, and OF, and moves from a tough homer park in Minnesota to Colorado. I love it. This guy will be the 15th-20th 1B off the board, but I think fantasy owners are staring at a .280, 25, 85, 85, 10 season straight in the face. I’d sit on him all day. Love his versatility and ADP makes him a nice sleeper.

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